Fruit seeds, cyanide EBV and cancer
Type of Spiritual Experience
Amygdalin is a glycoside initially isolated from the seeds of the tree Prunus dulcis, also known as bitter almonds. Several other related species in the genus of Prunus, including apricot (Prunus armeniaca) and black cherry (Prunus serotina), also contain amygdalin, as well as apple seeds.
Amygdalin isolated from the fruit and used as a medicine has the potential to be poisonous because the dose is too high - enzymes act on them to produce cyanide in far too high a quantity, but cyanide in minute doses has its uses.
Some cancers can be caused by viruses and the EBV is one such virus. Cyanide appears to be key to feeding our friendly bacteria and if this paper is correct and the research has been properly conducted it would seem that our own friendly bacteria can fight EBV and help with the control of cancer caused by it.
A description of the experience
Biol Pharm Bull. 2003 Feb;26(2):271-3.Anti-tumor promoting effect of glycosides from Prunus persica seeds.Fukuda T1, Ito H, Mukainaka T, Tokuda H, Nishino H, Yoshida T. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University, Kyoto, Japan.
Four minor components, along with the major cyanogenic glycosides, amygdalin and prunasin, were isolated from Prunus persica seeds (Persicae Semen; Tounin), and characterized as mandelic acid glycosides (beta-gentiobioside and beta-D-glucoside) and benzyl alcohol glycosides (beta-gentiobioside and beta-D-glucoside). The anti-tumor promoting activity of these compounds was examined in both in vitro and in vivo assays. All of the compounds significantly inhibited the Epstein-Barr virus early antigen activation induced by tumor promoter. In addition, they produced a delay of two-stage carcinogenesis on mouse skin that was comparable in potency to (-)-epigallocatechin gallate from green tea. PMID: 12576693